Hollow City: Stories of Hope and Horror from Joburg’s Inner City
In this book, there are funny stories, like the one about the time Prince Charles visited Hillbrow. There are heart-warming stories like Nelson Mandela defusing racial tensions at a fraught school prize-giving ceremony. Then there are stories of overcoming hardship, transcending abject poverty of the inner city, and rebuilding derelict buildings against the odds. But there are also stories that will need courage to read, stories that expose the horror of the inner city abandoned by those who should be its guardians. These stories mercilessly expose the unpalatable facts about what is the lot of the desperately poor, but with a compassionate eye and a twist of irony that reveals the glints of gold still to be found in the place called Joburg.